We’re living in “interesting times”, and it might seem especially so for you, a champion of good public participation/community engagement.
Here’s a news flash: YOU’RE NOT ALONE, and here is the perfect opportunity for you to re-charge, share war stories, and get new insights: the 2017 IAP2 North American Conference. These three days in Denver can give you what you need to press forward. Consider:
- A collegial atmosphere with others who “get” P2
- Conference participant have a choice of pre-conference field trips to Boulder, Fort Collins or around the Mile-High City to see how communities are thriving because of P2. Or check out two sides of Denver: The Development of Downtown Denver in the last decade, or three areas in the south metro and the case-study that brought them together.
- A choice of pre-conference workshops:
- Who doesn’t have an opinion on transportation? Here’s a chance to work collaboratively on some real-life transportation-related problems and learn from one another
- Do you know what sectors you’re unable to reach and how to reach them?
- What are the latest trends in digital engagement — and how does it fit with the other approaches that are out there?
- Then there are the 40+ sessions and Pathways, where you can:
- Learn about the biological “wiring” of people with opposing social/political views and discuss ways of recognizing it in Dealing with Those People.
- Break into the “final frontier” for P2: ensuring people with disabilities are properly included in Accessibility for People with Disabilities
- In the Moment Research can help you learn to “read” a group in real time so you can respond to their mood
- Help develop an Encyclopedia of Positive Questions for Community Engagement — a powerful tool for P2 practitioners that focuses on what works, rather than what doesn’t, and can help advance the practice as a whole.
Find out who’s been doing the best work over dinner and drinks at the Core Values Awards Gala, Thursday, Sept. 7.
So register now, and note that we have rooms available at a special Conference rate ($189/night) at the host hotel, the Westin Downtown — but only until Sunday, August 6 (subject to availability).